The Early Girl’s Tea Party

early girlA favorite among gardeners for their bountiful yields and unmistakable flavor, Early Girl tomatoes add a sweet, earthy complexity to this Arnold Palmer riff from Trick Dog in San Francisco.

2 oz. tomato-ceylon syrup
2 oz. fresh lemon juice
4 oz. water
Tools: barspoon
Glass: highball
Garnish: fresh herbs

Add all ingredients to glass and stir to incorporate. Top with ice and garnish.

Tomato Ceylon Syrup
1 oz. Ceylon tea leaves
4 cups warm water
4 cups sugar
1 lb. Early Girl tomatoes, cored and chopped

Steep the tea in the warm water for 30 minutes and strain. Add the sugar and stir until dissolved. When cooled, add tea syrup and tomatoes to a blender, working in batches if necessary, and blend until smooth. Strain through a cheesecloth-lined strainer.

Morgan Schick, Trick Dog, San Francisco